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Current Obituaries

Benilda Rojas

Benilda Rojas

Benilda Rojas – 1935-2019

Benilda Rojas died on December 8, 2019 after a struggle with dementia for two years. She was surrounded by her family, Martin Sanchez Rojas, daughter-in-law Wendy Rose Sanchez, and her grandsons, Gabe and Bobby Sanchez.

Benilda, known to friends as Doña Beni, was born in 1935 in Ayacucho, Peru. The daughter of Luis Rojas Huay, a police officer (d. 1979) and Maria Altamirano, a homemaker (d. 1944), she spoke Quechua as a child. When she was nine, she moved to Chosica, Peru. Benilda was predeceased by her sisters, Maria Luisa, Carmen, Gloria and Amelia. She has 3 surviving siblings, Gioavanna, Pablo Luis and Mario Quispe.

Benilda was a long time employee at the paper factory in Chosica, where she was a shop-steward and leader with the national union – CGTP in the 1960’s. She came to the US in 1969 and worked as a housekeeper. She earned her certification as a CNA and worked many years as a nurse’s aide in Long Beach, NY. She was active in the New York City area in worker and immigrant rights and worked with Latino leaders in the late 1970’s to insure there was an amnesty for immigrants. Her home was always a sanctuary for immigrants, mostly coming from Peru. She was a staunch supporter of indigenous rights in Peru and advocated that immigrant children in the US honor the cultural heritage of their home countries. She often shared bread, coffee and clothing with the workers waiting in the cold on Union Ave. in New Rochelle, where she lived for many years.

She was devoted to her grandsons and actively involved in their lives for 25 years. She walked them to Columbus School every day, attended soccer games, Open Mics, and school and cultural events with her family. She loved music, dancing, keeping up with current events, and was an amazing cook. Doña Beni lit up a room with her presence. Her generosity, optimism, humor, and zest for life will continue to warm the hearts of all who remember her.

Arrangements are being handled by Lloyd Maxcy Funeral Home in New Rochelle.
A Memorial Service will be Saturday December 21, 2019 from 3pm-6pm.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Columbus Chess Club -

Herbert James Kitay, Jr

Herbert James Kitay, Jr. a lifelong resident of New Rochelle, died on December 7, 2019. He was 65.
Herbert was born on November 3, 1954 in New Rochelle, to the late Herbert and Yolanda (Lore) Kitay.
He worked as a dispatcher for many years at Blue Bird and Deluxe Taxi companies and recently at First Choice Car Service.

He was predeceased by his wife, the former Mary Ellen Mercurio, who died in 2016.
He is survived by his son Jeffrey Kitay (Vicki); his daughter Juliana Tsiamtsiouris; his 6 grandchildren: John, Jeffrey, Ava, Alexa, Rose and Sophia; and his sister Linda Kitay Archer.

Visiting will be Tuesday 4-8pm at Lloyd Maxcy & Sons Beauchamp Chapel, 16 Shea Pl, New Rochelle. A funeral Mass is scheduled for Wednesday 10:30am at Blessed Sacrament Church. Interment will be private.

Antoinette Antonioli

Antoinette Antonioli, a lifelong resident of New Rochelle, died on December 6. She was 81.
Mrs. Antonioli was born on March 23, 1938 in the Bronx to the late John and Damiana (Soave) Garofalo. She was the administrative assistant for A& D roofing Co. in New Rochelle.
Antoinette was predeceased by her husband Anthony who died on October 26, 2007.
She is survived by a son, Thomas and his wife Marypat of New Rochelle; a daughter, Donna Young and her husband Robert of New Rochelle; 5 grandchildren, Anthony Joseph, Thomas Jr., Emily, Conor and Lily; her great grandson, Anthony Joseph Jr.; her sisters Angelina D’Orazio, Rose Hogerheide and Ann Pokorny.
She is pre-deceased by a grandson Jack Robert Young
Visiting will be Wednesday 4-8pm at Lloyd Maxcy & Sons Beauchamp Chapel, 16 Shea Pl, New Rochelle. A Mass is scheduled for Thursday 10:30 at Holy Family Church. Interment will follow at Greenwood Union Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to her favorite charities: The American Cancer Society; St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital; and The Humane Society of Westchester

Janet Emily Bilbao

Janet Bilbao, a longtime resident of New Rochelle, passed away on Thursday, December 5, 2019. She was born to the late George and Emily Danko on September 6, 1943 in New York, NY.
Janet is survived by her husband, Joseph, to whom she was married for 52 years. She is also survived by her daughter Jennifer Skelley and husband Hal; granddaughters Madeline, Ella and Charlotte; and her siblings Dennis Danko, Jean Desrosiers and Joan Wellbrock.
Janet loved traveling, reading and gardening. But caring for her loved ones was her priority, and she did so with devotion and determination. Thoughtfulness was her guidepost through life. She never forgot a birthday card, sent clippings of newspaper articles to family members, and ensured that the well-being of those around her was of utmost concern.
Janet was a memory-keeper. Photo albums filled her shelves and she kept records of everything, including all of her daughter’s and granddaughters’ accomplishments. She adored Madeline, Ella and Charlotte deeply and the feeling was mutual, which brought her much joy.
Janet approached life with a remarkable, upbeat energy and a lifeforce that was felt by all who knew her. She cherished her loved ones and her friendships with a generous spirit, and she was greatly loved in return.
As an equally devoted pet parent to her felines, the family requests in lieu of flowers, you please make a donation in Janet’s name to Best Friends Animal Society.
A memorial service will take place on Friday, December 13, 2019 at Lloyd Maxcy & Sons Beauchamp Chapel, Inc in New Rochelle, NY from 11am to 1pm.

Marion M. Shannon

Visiting Friday 13th @ Trinity St. Paul Church 9-10
Mass 10am Trinity St. Paul Church
Interment Beechwoods Cemetery

Linda Pierce

Linda Pierce, a longtime resident of Bedford died on December 1, 2019. She was 69.
Linda was born on July 21, 1950 in New Rochelle, to the late Dr Vincent and Josephine (Paino) Galterio.
Linda was a math teacher at Albert Leonard School in New Rochelle for over 30 years. She was an avid tennis player, runner and golfer who enjoyed reading, gardening and baking.
She is survived by her husband Sam Pierce whom she married on December 28, 1991 her sister Joan (Larry) Blume and her brothers Vincent (Judy) Galterio and Robert (Margaret) Galterio many nieces and a nephew.
Visiting hours will be Wednesday 4-8pm at Sisto & Paino Inc. 16 Shea Pl. New Rochelle, NY. A funeral Mass is scheduled for Thursday 11am at ST. Patrick’s Church, 7 Pound Ridge Road, Bedford, NY. Interment will follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, New Rochelle, NY. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Memorial Sloan Kettering.

Isabel C. Avitabile

Isabel C. Avitabile was born on March 24, 1930 in Greenville, PA and was raised in Puerto Rico. She worked for Pan American Airlines as a stewardess for several years until she met her husband Andrew and settled down to raise their five children. She was a longtime resident of New Rochelle and passed away at the age of 89 on Friday, November 29, 2019 at Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital.
Isabel is predeceased by her husband Andrew, daughter Suzanne and son Louis. She is survived by her son Thomas, his wife Maryann, Daughter Andrea, her husband Angelo, daughter Isabel, her husband Raymond, as well as her beloved grandchildren Steven, his wife Melanie, Justin, his wife Pria, Angelo, his wife Amanda, Kristen, Andrew, Alexandra, Thomas and two great grandchildren Gavin and Amelia.
Isabel had a ready smile and an open heart and was thought of as “Mom” by many of her children’s friends. She touched the lives and hearts of so many. She was greatly loved and will be sorely missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her, and her love will live on in the hearts of her family.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the St. Jude’s Childrens Hospital in Isabel’s name.
Visiting hours will be Wednesday from 4-8pm at Lloyd Maxcy & Sons Beauchamp Chapel Inc. 16 Shea Pl. New Rochelle, NY 10805. A funeral Mass is scheduled for Thursday 10:30am at Blessed Sacrament Church. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery.

Rocco A. Onorino

Rocco A. Onorino

Rocco Antonio Onorino was born on July 23rd 1941 in Scilla, in Reggio Calabria, Italy. Born to Clemente Onorino and Maria Macri. Rocco passed away on Wednesday, November 27th at the age of 78. Predeceased by his brothers Domenico and Giuseppe. He is survived by his wife Giuseppa (Scarfone) of 52 years; His brother Pasquale, his sisters Pasqualina and Annunziata; his son Egidio Onorino and his wife Dawn, his daughters Maria Lupinacci and her husband Luigi, Antonette Barile and her husband Gabe & Donna Ficarra and her husband Vincent; and his beloved 11 grandchildren Matthew, Alex, Brandon, Isabella, Sophia, Amanda, Rocco, Lucas, Ella, Olivia and Vincent.

Rocco came to the U.S. at the age of 25. He arrived in New Rochelle, NY in 1966 and never left. He became a lifelong resident of New Rochelle, where he fulfilled his dreams of starting a family, building a successful masonry business and having a passion for life. Where he also very active within the community as a board member of the Casa Calabria Society.

He was very strong willed and determined to defeat any obstacles in his way. Giving up was never an option. He continuously defeated the odds through his strength, determination, and courage, which were attributes that defined his life. His legacy will continue to live on through his children and grandchildren forever.

Wake Services: Sunday Dec.1st from 2-7pm
Lloyd Maxcy & Sons
16 Shea Place, New Rochelle, NY 10805

Mass: Monday Dec. 2nd at 10:30am
Blessed Sacrament Church
15 Shea Place, New Rochelle, NY 10805

Entombment: Following Mass
St. Mary’s Cemetery
1 High St, Port Chester, NY 10573

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